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Energy Data-Access Initiatives’ Progress, Support Climate Goals

Energy Data-Access Initiatives’ Progress, Support Climate Goals

Exciting energy data-access initiatives, as part of grid modernization efforts, continue to move forward in the United States. Innovative plans are also increasingly taking distributed energy resources (DERs) and renewable energy into account in support of grid resiliency and broader state climate goals. Stakeholder knowledge and participation in workgroups, and their resulting recommendations, are often the forebearer of future-forward policies.

District of Columbia

On 8 June 2020, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSCDC) announced (pdf) the approval of the next set of grid modernization recommendations for the District of Columbia stemming from its PowerPath DC stakeholder process. The recommendations include enhancing energy data access for all residential customers through Exelon subsidiary Potomac Electric Power Company’s (Pepco's) Green Button Connect My Data platform. The order, PowerPath DC (Case No. 1130, Order No. 20364) (pdf) helps to align the PowerPath DC grid modernization vision with Washington D.C.'s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2032.

State of New York

In March 2020, the New York State Department of Public Service (NYDPS) announced (pdf) a proceeding to expand the strategic access to, and use of, energy-related data in order to meet the state’s clean energy goals. In addition, access to system and customer energy-usage data is key to New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) energy strategy, which is guiding the state toward a cleaner and more-resilient electricity system. On 29 May, 2020, NYDPS staff published two whitepapers on the strategic use of energy-related data. The first paper, regarding the development of a Data Access Framework (pdf), defines the process for access to energy-related data; recognizes customers’ right-to-consent to share their energy-usage data; and standardizes the necessary privacy, cybersecurity, and quality requirements for data access. The second paper, regarding the creation of an Integrated Energy Data Resource (pdf), proposes a statewide, centralized platform for access to customer and system data. Stakeholders are providing comments for consideration by the NYDPS. If adopted by the Commission, the Data Access Framework would guide the requirements and process for access to energy-related data in New York.

U.S. Congress

In February 2020, H.R. 5796, the “Access to Consumer Energy Information Act” or “E-Access Act”, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The E-Access Act enhances consumer access to electric-energy and natural-gas information to allow for the adoption of innovative products and services to help consumers manage their energy usage. In June 2020, the E-Access bill was included as part of a 9-bill Climate Crisis Action plan, released as a staff report, that would assist in guiding the U.S. toward net-zero carbon pollution by 2050.

State of Illinois

In August 2020, Illinois’ “Putting Consumers & Climate First” (pdf) energy policy proposal outlined eight principles in support of moving the state toward a clean and renewable energy economy. Expanded access to energy data for customers and customer energy-management partners to enable customers to more easily and effectively manage their energy consumption is called for within the policy proposal. Working groups consisting of Illinois energy stakeholders are expected to reconvene.

To read more about these and other data access initiatives, please hover over the “Happenings” menu item on the Green Button Alliance website for a list of links to more information.

2020-04 in the Headlines

16 April: "In New York, A New Way for Stay-at-Home Customers to Get Paid for Shaving Peak Energy," Greentech MediaLogical Buildings; Green Button Connect My Data.
13 April: "'Data Hive' Opens for Solar, Battery Vendors in Silicon Valley," Greentech MediaUtilityAPI, Green Button Connect My Data.
13 April: "How to Match Your Electricity Rate with Facility Usage," facilitiesnet. Green Button Download My Data.
02 April: "States Take the Lead by Requiring Utilities to Increase Energy Efficiency," buildee blog post.
19 March: "PSC Expands Access to Data Needed to Meet State's Clean Energy Goals; New Policies will Establish Privacy and Cybersecurity Requirements for Access to Energy Related Data," New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) press release.
20 February: "Mission:data Collaborates with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein on State-of-the-Art Data Portability and Privacy Rule," Mission:data post.
18 February: "Accelerated Innovations and MyMeter® Continue to Grow Worldwide with Empresa Electrica de Guatemala (EEGSA)," Accelerated Innovations press release.
10 February: "Ohio's Final Workgroup Report on Smart Meter Data Access: Are We There Yet? Not Quite, Kids...The DW Energy Blog. Update on Green Button Connect My Data in Ohio.
February 2020: "NAESB ESPI and Green Button," page 4, North American Energy Standards Board Bulletin.
21 January: "Smart Buildings Market to Reach USD 109.48 Billion by 2026; Rising Environmental Concerns to Contribute Healthy Growth, States Fortune Business Insights™," Fortune Business Insights press release.
14 January: "Blockchain Project to help JPMorgan Reach 100% Renewable Energy Goal," S&P Global Platts. JPMorgan partners with swytchX.

2019-01 In the Headlines

29 January 2019: "ComEd's Smart Grid Starts to Pay Dividends in Northern Illinois", T&D World.

15 January 2019: "Software Solutions Help Installers Sell More Solar + Storage," Solar Power World. EnergyToolbase featured.

14 January 2019: "Energy Data Portability," Report by Mission:data Coalition; Green Button Connect My Data growth featured.

11 January 2019: "Con Edison Unveils Unique Residential Smart Energy Pilot," Smart Energy International.

10 January 2019: "Can Private Industry Solve Our Climate Crisis Where Governments Fail?", Forbes. OhmConnect featured.

07 January 2019: "ZOME Wins Best of Show, Launches New Products," ZOME press release.

01 January 2019: "Growing a Sustainable Food System: How Entrepreneurs Are Applying Advanced Technologies to Reinvent Our Approach to Food Security and Sustainability", Village Capital. Wexus Technologies featured.

05 September 2019: "CHEC and CustomerFirst Sign Advocacy Partnership Agreement", CustomerFirst news.